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Patient Stories

At Memorial, we treat people not just illness or injury. Our patients’ lives are touched by the compassion and expertise of our team every day, whether it’s a lifesaving treatment or simply a kind word. Every patient’s story is unique and we are grateful for those who allow us to share them.

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Liz Miller - Back in Action

About a week before Hurricane Laura hit, Liz Miller, an elementary school teacher of 39 years, had a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. While it wasn’t an ideal time for a procedure like this, the effects of the TAVR gave her the energy needed for what was ahead.

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Rod Rodrigues - Easy as ABC

In Rod Rodrigues’ 84 years, he has always been a healthy and hardworking family man who loves life to it’s fullest. There’s not much that could slow him down, until one day, as he was sitting on the couch, it became difficult to breathe.

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Wilborn Poole - Have it done yesterday

Wilborn Poole didn’t know how bad his diseased aortic valve was, until after the TAVR procedure. As someone who spends a lot of time outside and working on projects, the fatigue or shortness of breath that most patients encounter in his condition happened so slow over time, that he didn’t realize his quality of life had deteriorated.